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[ab-hawr] /æbˈhɔr/
verb (used with object), abhorred, abhorring.
to regard with extreme repugnance or aversion; detest utterly; loathe; abominate.
Origin of abhor
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin abhorrēre to shrink back from, shudder at, equivalent to ab- ab- + horrēre to bristle, tremble
Related forms
abhorrer, noun
superabhor, verb (used with object), superabhorred, superabhorring.
unabhorred, adjective
despise. See hate.
love, admire. Unabridged
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  • abhorring equally the toil and the degradation, he deemed it a duty to prevent such a fall, and put his hope in his uncle.

    Magnum Bonum Charlotte M. Yonge
  • In these sentiments I grew, hated and abhorring, despising and contemned.

    Gomez Arias Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
  • To be kept abhorring and abhorring, for Five Acts together, you can't stand.

  • I was not a stranger to the science of the ring, while abhorring prize-fighting.

    A Maid of the Kentucky Hills Edwin Carlile Litsey
  • There are few Cameros, men of clear judgment, and abhorring to write.

  • abhorring slovenliness and the Jacobin motley, he would not affect them.

    Lewis Rand Mary Johnston
  • One of his peculiarities was that of abhorring a vacuum as much as nature herself.

    Debit and Credit Gustav Freytag
  • And thus he died, abhorring the mother who had counselled him to commit this horrible deed.

    Royal Palaces and Parks of France Milburg Francisco Mansfield
  • More shocking still would be the suspicion that in time I might be persuaded to like this music, to embrace, after abhorring it.

    Ivory Apes and Peacocks James Huneker
  • He cast a comical glance of disapprobation on the fittings of the hotel apartment, abhorring gilt.

British Dictionary definitions for abhorring


verb -hors, -horring, -horred
(transitive) to detest vehemently; find repugnant; reject
Derived Forms
abhorrer, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin abhorrēre to shudder at, shrink from, from ab- away from + horrēre to bristle, shudder
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Word Origin and History for abhorring



mid-15c., from Latin abhorrere "shrink back from, have an aversion for, shudder at," from ab- "away" (see ab-) + horrere "tremble at, shudder," literally "to bristle, be shaggy," from PIE *ghers- "start out, stand out, rise to a point, bristle" (see horror). Related: Abhorred; abhorring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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